PETE JENSON: Barcelona are a MESS and it is onerous to see brighter days forward. There’s no cash, nobody needs Koeman and even the gamers are resigned… Everyone expected them to be uninspiring post Messi, but the Bayern drubbing was far WORSE!
- Barcelona suffered one other humiliating night time in Europe, shedding 3-0 to Bayern
- This is one among their weakest sides ever and it is onerous to see issues bettering
- Koeman and his gamers admitted there could be extra nights like these to come
- Barca are in a large number proper now and one million miles away from the membership they have been
- They have been all the time going to battle post Messi, but this was so dire and worrying
There was a second in the second half at the Camp Nou when cries of Ole! may be heard behind one aim. But this wasn’t like days of outdated when Barcelona pinged handed at will round dizzy rivals. This was simply followers in a single tier of the outdated stadium throwing a ball to followers in one other tier. They have been taking part in catch in the stands as a substitute of watching the sport.
Out on the pitch it was dire. As one Spanish radio presenter stated post sport: Barça’s marketing campaign in Europe is both going to find yourself feeling very lengthy or very brief this season – they may both stumble by till they meet a high facet in the knockout levels, or possibly they gained’t even get that far. Maybe the Europa League beckons.
Ronald Koeman and Gerard Pique rolled out the ‘it’s what it’s’ line after the sport greater than Robert De Niro had performed in the movie ‘The Irishman’. But what else may they are saying after one among the weakest Barcelona group’s in current historical past misplaced their first Champions League sport of the season 3-0 and failed to muster a single shot on track – one thing that had not occurred earlier than this century. It’s what it’s; and what it’s, just isn’t excellent.
Barcelona have been outclassed and embarrassed on their very own patch by Bayern on Tuesday night time
It was a efficiency so unhealthy, you surprise if Barcelona will even make it out of their group
Everyone expected an uninspiring Barcelona post Lionel Messi but this was worse. This was a efficiency to forged doubts on whether or not the 5 instances winners of the European Cup will get out of their group.
Beyond the ‘it’s what it’s’ line each Koeman and Gerard Pique tried to be constructive by speaking up the returns of Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati and Sergio Aguero from damage.
Barcelona would definitely be a distinct proposition with these three but Dembele has missed round 50 per cent of video games since he’s been at Barcelona, Ansu Fati is recovering from an damage that dominated him out for all of final season and Sergio Aguero was absent for many of final season at Manchester City and joined the ‘unavailables’ at Barcelona earlier than taking part in a single aggressive match for the membership following his signing this summer time.
Fati would possibly be again by October and the different two in November but if counting on them is the answer to Barça’s woes then the mild at the finish of the tunnel just isn’t a very vibrant one.
Ronald Koeman had no solutions for Barcelona’s diabolical show after their 3-0 drubbing
Robert Lewandowski ran the present, scoring twice as a dominant Bayern ran riot at Nou Camp
Koeman is carrying the can on the morning after the night time earlier than but it’s onerous to see what else he can do after the summer time fireplace sale, the failure to hold Messi, and the lengthy damage record has left him with a threadbare squad. Last night time he completed the sport with 4 youngsters on the pitch, pressured to name on Barça B gamers late on.
Most supporters desire a totally different coach and president Joan Laporta is in settlement with them. The solely downside is nobody is aware of who the alternative ought to be or the place to discover the cash to rent him and fireplace Koeman.
Xavi would be the apparent alternative but Laporta is even much less satisfied that is the proper time for him to take the job as he’s by Koeman who he undermined considerably in the summer time by publicly doable alternate options.
Sergio Roberto was whistled off when substituted in the second half but he appears like a odd man to goal. The house grown utility participant who scored the profitable aim when Barcelona beat PSG 6-1 in 2017 to stage one among the biggest comebacks seen in the Champions League is hardly the membership’s large downside.
Barca have been all the time going to miss Lionel Messi, but this loss was due to a number of components
Yusuf Demir (proper) was one among 4 youngsters Koeman had to flip to on Tuesday night time
Barca have been pilloried in the press, and with no cash and many accidents, it is onerous to see issues getting higher anytime quickly
It’s true that Barcelona need to prolong his contract but he appears intent on leaving on a free in 2022. But that amongst the many the explanation why Barcelona are in the mess they’re in appears an terrible good distance down the record.
One headline in El Mundo Deportivo on Wednesday learn: ‘Bayern oblige Barça to speed up the revolution’. But how do they try this? There isn’t any cash to spend and for all that final night time’s group was a younger one there’s little counsel the gamers being thrown in are prepared to make a distinction now.
The supporters gained’t settle for the resignation proven by Koeman for lengthy. Soon they may be asking for a distinct sort of resignation or for him to be pushed if he wont soar.
Failing that, the focus will shine on president Joan Laporta who created a bubble of positivity and pleasure in the summer time by indicating that he was satisfied Messi would keep after which failed to ship.
The unimaginable factor about final night time was that it wasn’t about the absence of Messi, it was about the absence of Barcelona.
Joan Laporta (above) agrees with followers that Koeman ought to go but would not know who to get in
Barcelona will be stronger when Sergio Aguero (left) and Ansu Fati (proper) return, but they can’t depend on them to be the answer to their woes